Last Build Date: Tue, 27 Aug 2002 01:20:46 GMTCopyright: Copyright 2002 Larry Yudelson
A heartwarming tale of links and love
"It was just a few short months ago that a reader sent me an e-mail that changed my life forever...."
The next word in security is a system so thorough that it will reveal even the contents of a cigarette pack hidden in your coat pocket.
Developed by Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, the scanner uses holographic imaging technology to provide full-body, 360-degree coverage of a person in near real time.
A new report from the Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics was released this afternoon.Probation and Parole in the United States, 2001 has some disturbing figures.
The ever-increasing prison and correctional population in the U.S. reached 6.6 million at the end of 2001.
Too weird for words.
Jewish groups that normally discourage their followers from eating at McDonald's will nevertheless share in a provisional class-action settlement over the discovery that the fast-food giant's "100% vegetable oil" french fries had been routinely flavored with beef.
Call it fair play or chutzpah, but the Orthodox Union, the Baltimore-based Star-K kosher certification laboratories and the Conservative movement's National Ramah Commission will likely split $1 million of the $12 million settlement, according to Corey Fein, a lawyer working on the case.
The settlement, rather than attempting to compensate the estimated 16 million customers who may have felt aggrieved, sets aside funds for Hindu, vegetarian and Jewish organizations representing their presumed values. The deal is to come before a Chicago judge on August 22.
An annotated guide to Web resources related to the French fries story.
http://www.stim.com/Stim-x/9.2/fries/fries-09.2.html -- Stim (!) on a secret history of fries http://www.rense.com/general7/whyy.htm - Why McD Fries taste so good -- the Atlantic excerpt from Fast Food Nation that started the suit http://www.veggielawyers.org/petition.htm - asking for FDA to regulate origin of "natural" ingredients. http://www.veggielawyers.org/unnatural.htm http://www.veggielawyers.org/ http://www.commondreams.org/headlines01/0504-02.htm - copy of original Boston Globe article, May 2001 http://www.frenchfry.org/ - asking paeople to opt out http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/micro/gallery/burgersnfries/burgersnfries.html - burgers and fries under a microscope http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/localnews/134291061_mcdonalds02m0.html - Seatle Times early story
BBC. US INS to fingerprint and photograph visitors from Iran, Sudan, Iraq, and Syria. Given that the attackers were Saudis and Egyptians, this makes no sense. [John Robb's Radio Weblog]
"...And one more thing that makes me tired and angry, that like a nice Jewish boy I go on praying for peace not only for the Jews but for the Arabs too, while they keep praying to my God to kill me."
Microsoft's Out the Window. When a company buys back more than $9 billion in overvalued stock, it's time to move on. [The Motley Fool]
"U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous Jr. recently ruled on a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union that the Governor's Program on Abstinence broke the law in giving tax dollars intended for abstinence education to individuals or organizations that "convey religious messages or otherwise advance religion."
"Porteous found that some groups receiving GPA funds used the money to distribute Bibles, hold prayer rallies outside abortion clinics and perform religious skits. He ordered the state to stop subsidizing religious activities."